BCI Bat Walks

Brad Klein and Danielle Gustafson educate visitors to the American
Museum of Natural History about the NYC's resident bat species.
Copyright: Danielle Gustafson

Sunset is just the beginning. Join us for a new kind of nature experience, enjoy bat watching in your own community.

In 2019 we are piloting a program of public bat walks led by trained BCI Ambassadors. Through this initiative, BCI will develop a network of trained volunteers who will provide interactive and in-person bat encounters in cities across Texas and Florida. Based on the existing success of bat walk programs in Europe and New York’s Central Park, BCI is committed to bringing these experiences to new locations in the United States. BCI’s program will offer highly effective, experiential ways to relay the importance of bats and threats to their survival to participants during intermittent stops along a walking route. Through physical participation, people will retain the information they learn through shared experience and then have an opportunity to teach others.

BCI will partner in the initial phase with zoos and nature center to access a trained network of staff, volunteers, and an already existing community of nature lovers who are predisposed to seek out wildlife experiences. BCI will provide the necessary tools and materials to our expert partners, such as bat detectors, which plug into a smartphone and are app-enabled, providing a hands-on experience to the public, enable them to visualize the secretive world of echolocation. We are thrilled about the emerging bat detector technology that enables everyone to experience bats – right in their own communities.


BCI Board Member and NYC Bat Group leader Danielle
Gustafson shows off the Echo Meter Touch 2.
Copyright: Micaela Jemison.

We are piloting our bat walk program in Texas, where BCI is headquartered. In Texas, there are 32 species of bats, more than any other state in the United States.

Bats can be found across the entire state of Texas, including in metropolitan areas and at many popular tourist destinations. In Florida, our initiative will support our Florida bonneted bat conservation work through a combination of community outreach and surveillance.

In 2019/2020 initial trainings will occur in Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Miami. Our first official partner in this effort is the Houston Zoo, who has assisted in developing this program in a novel way as a leader in effective community engagement and developing conservation messages that resonate – both of which will be instrumental in piloting a nationwide program.

Look for a bat walk near you this summer hosted by one of our community partners in the pilot program cities!

Our Partners

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Bracken Cave 2018 Schedule

Bracken Cave is the summer home of more than 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis), making it the world's largest bat colony and one of the largest concentration of mammals on earth. The emergence of these millions of bats, as they spiral out of the cave at dusk for their nightly insect hunt, is an unforgettable sight.

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Our 2018 season has come to an end. The Bracken Cave bats will migrate back to Texas from Mexico in the spring and nightly tours will be offered May through September.

Our 2019 Member season schedule will be posted in early May. We look forward to seeing you in 2019 at Bracken Cave!



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What has large adorable eyes, a boopable snout, cute ears, and an impressive wingspan? See if you can tell the difference between a sky puppy and a land puppy. Either way, you'll get to see some cute pups - land or sky.

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Mission & Vision


"The mission of Bat Conservation International is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet."

BCI is dedicated to the enduring protection of the world’s 1300+ species of bats and their habitats and creating a world in which bats and humans successfully coexist. In pursuit of this vision, during the next five years BCI will work worldwide at scale with local, regional, national and multinational public and private partners to respond rapidly and effectively to bat conservation crises, preventing the extinction of threatened bats and the extirpation of globally significant populations of bats.

  • Identify, prioritize and begin conserving the world’s most “Significant Bat Areas."
  • Respond strategically to broad, irreversible threats that impact bats at multiple locations around the world.
  • Build a global network of conservation biologists, NGOs, corporations, public agencies, local communities and regional bat scientific networks to address global issues impacting bat species.
  • Create the first actionable global bat inventory and conservation database.
  • Empower the next generation of bat conservationists and scientists through strategically targeted scholarships and grants.
  • Stimulate research on the most pressing scientific questions relating to the lasting protection and value of all bat species.
  • Work throughout the world to develop the public policy frameworks needed to safeguard bats.
  • Educate key communities and the public at large on the importance of bats, raising their profile as an order of mammals worthy of concerted attention and action.





Make a Bat - Friendly Margarita


1 1/2 oz Tequila (bat connection!

2/3 oz Fresh Lime Juice

3/4 oz Triple Sec

1/2 oz Agave Syrup (bat connection!

  • Salt rim of chilled glass

  • Fill cocktail shaker with ice.

  • Combine ingredients and shake. 

  • Pour over and garnish with lime wedge.

  • ¡salud!



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